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Identifying The Mud Holes

Identifying The Mud Holes
Plotting a Proper Course to Avoid Them

"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Mark 14:38 (NKJV)

I love to take my jeep off-road. I can honestly say I have learned a lot over the years.  Each time I find myself in the midst of a predicament I try to learn as much as possible so as to avoid any future potential mistakes.  Someone once said, "Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high."

Well, as much as this may be true I still believe the best time to deal with a potential problem is before we encounter one.  I try to equip myself to be prepared for just about anything when I go off-road, because I know I will usually be presented with many difficult situations.  

Think about this for a moment; if we just go randomly driving through big mud holes without knowing how deep they are, or without 4-wheel drive or a shovel and rope to get us out we are likely to end up stuck many times.  Unfortunately we can end up with some false sense of confidence when we don't get stuck and we can become complacent to potential dangers.  I believe this happens with sin as well.  Let's call the mud holes sin for a moment and I think we can see a clearer picture of how sin can sneak up and trap us if we don't prepare in advance for it. 

Q:    How can we best prepare for the sinful mud holes in our life?

A great way to prepare for them is to know where we are going at all times.  We can make a choice to avoid any potential path we know will be laden with mud holes.   This includes following people who tend to travel these rough roads (Prov. 14:7), or putting ourselves in places we shouldn't be.  If you are like me then I am sure you have found yourself trapped in a mud hole of sin before.   Hopefully we have learned much from these experiences, as these will serve us well for detecting future potential bad choices.  It has been rightly said, "There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience."

Ultimately the best way to avoid the mud holes is to stay clear of them altogether.  We can do this as we look ahead to the path we are choosing, which includes our seeking the Lord for the proper paths we should take.  We should be like the psalmist who wrote, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths" (Ps. 25:4).  Jesus told His followers to, "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation" (Mk. 14:38), and we are given the perfect instruction for detecting the right choices in Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about the paths you are on, or are contemplating.  Let's make sure we have sought the Lord for His will in each and every choice we will make.  If we make this a continual practice it will become second nature and we will find our lives blessed immeasurably. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what are three things we should be doing?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to pray about your path; trust in God and acknowledge His ways in all you do?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today for His will for everything you will do.  Don't lean upon your own understanding, but acknowledge God's way for handling everything.

Father, thank You for Your faithful guidance in my life.  Thank You for teaching me through Your Word.  Help me to remember all I have read so I can apply it to my life and live for You.  I need You and confess I cannot do this on my own, but through Christ Jesus I can do all things.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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